Murder at Midnight was a transcribed program of macabre tales frequently featuring a supernatural twist. Produced in New York and distributed by World Broadcasting System, the series was the brainchild of Louis G. Cowan, the man behind Quiz Kids six years earlier.
Fifty-two episodes were recorded from mid-April through December 1946. Robert Newman was hired as the show’s lead writer but a dozen other authors provided scripts during the program’s run. Among them were Joseph Ruscoll, Max Erlich and William Morwood.
Murder at Midnight was directed by Anton M. Leder, and hosted by Raymond Morgan, who delivered the memorable opening lines over Charles Paul's organ theme. Los Angeles’ KFI was the first station to air the series but it would eventually be heard across the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Murder at Midnight continued to be aired in syndication until the early 1960s.
This synopsis is based on the authoritative research of Karl Schadow.
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: Murder at Midnight
Release Status: OTRR Maintained
Release Date: July 18, 2019
Release Version: Version 1907
Number of DVDs: 1
There are 52 episodes (32 in .mp3 and 22 in .flac) in this set.
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Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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July 22, 2019 Subject:
Zip Files Now Added
This series was initially added to Archive.org in November, 2018. Significant errors were discovered immediately after upload and the zip files were deleted. On November 30, 2018, the OTRR Certification info was modified to note the zip file deletion. On July 20, 2019, the series had been reworked and a new zip-file uploaded with version 1907.
Note that OTRR has changed its certification classification to "OTRR Maintained Set" from "OTRR Certified Accurate" or "OTRR Certified Complete", and the version number now is in the format yymm instead of ver 1, ver 2, etc.
April 14, 2019 Subject:
See List Sorted by Copyright
For those looking for audio, it looks like 30 episodes are available in the archive.org list for "Murder at Midnight - Sorted by Copyright."
But I agree, the zip file of audio files should have been included in the "OTR Certified" entry.
Reviewer:Gov Bud Hudnut
December 17, 2018 Subject:
where are the shows?
When you're uploading, it's a good idea to check whether you achieved your purpose. There appear to be no audio files here. Something went wrong. Please try again.
November 23, 2018 Subject:
Where are the audio files?
This set looks like it would be worthwhile BUT the audio files seem to be missing. Will check back later in the hope the actual episodes turn up.